POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:34pm
Baton Rouge, La — LSU thanks Auburn University and its athletic director, Jay Jacobs, for the attention given to LSU centerfielder Chris Sciambra who was injured during LSU's game at Auburn on Sunday.
Sciambra, a freshman from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, suffered a non-displaced fracture in the C-1 vertebra of his neck after crashing into the centerfield wall Sunday while try to catch a fly ball.
Besides the medical attention given to Sciambra by the Auburn medical staff during the game, Jacobs authorized an Auburn University plane to transport Sciambra back to Baton Rouge.
"This was a wonderful show of school-to-school camaraderie that is greatly appreciated by LSU," said Joe Alleva, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. "An injury of this type can be particularly harrowing for a young student-athlete and Auburn's actions helped alleviate the problem of getting Chris back to Baton Rouge. My thanks to Jay Jacobs for his generosity."
"The actions of the Auburn staff during and after the game made a frightening situation much more comfortable for Chris and all of us at LSU and we all appreciate the generosity of Jay Jacobs in bringing Chris back home," said head coach Paul Mainieri. "One of the great things about the SEC is the sportsmanship exhibited between schools, and this is just another example of that spirit."
Sciambra will miss the remainder of the 2012 baseball season but is expected to have a full recovery.